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The Japan Foundation was established in 1972 by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and became an Independent Administrative Institution in 2003. We promote international cultural exchange between Japan and the rest of the world, and provide financial support for a range of international cultural exchange programmes. Our activities are financed by annual subsidies from the Japanese government, capital gains accrued from the management of our original endowment fund, and contributions and donations from the private sector.

We work principally in the fields of Arts and Culture, in Japanese language education and in Japanese studies. The Foundation’s activities are coordinated through our headquarters in Tokyo as well as through our offices, language centres and cultural centres in over 20 countries outside of Japan.

The Japan Foundation London is the Foundation’s only office in the UK, and one of the first overseas offices to be established, opening in 1972, and gaining a language centre in 1997.

The Japan Foundation London coordinates all of the Foundation’s programmes within the UK. We also offer grant support to small projects under our Local Project Support Programme, which is designed to help with the costs of UK-based projects that may not be eligible for funding under our annual programmes. In addition to these central activities, we organise lectures, workshops, seminars, courses, exhibitions and performances.



The Japan Foundation, London
Lion Court, 25 Procter Street
London, WC1V 6NY

We are located on the 1st floor of Lion Court, 25 Procter Street, which is a 3 minute walk from Holborn underground station. Car parking is very limited in the immediate vicinity. Please note that visits are by appointment only.

Opening Hours: Monday - Friday 9:30 - 13:00 and 14:00 - 17:30 (excluding public holidays)

General Contact Information

Tel: 020 3102 5020 Email: (Arts and Culture, Japanese Studies & Intellectual Exchange)
Tel: 020 3102 5021 Email: (Japanese Language)
Fax: 020 3102 5022 Email: (Library)

Staff at the Japan Foundation London

Director General: Mana Takatori

Deputy Director: Masayo Hasegawa

Assistant Director: Go Ono

Office Manager: Atsuko Mita

Office Manager: Mutsumi Motomatsu

Arts and Culture

Senior Arts Programme Officer: Junko Takekawa

Assistant Programme Officer: (TBC)

Japanese Language

Chief Japanese Language Advisor: Makoto Netsu

Japanese Language Advisor: Hiroko Tanaka

Assistant Japanese Language Advisor: Marika Horie

Assistant Programme Officer: Miriam Starling

Japanese Language Resource Officer: Miho Nitoiu

Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange

Assistant Programme Officer Michael Salter